Effects on metal
But as a beginner's art project, I'm trying to replicate some of the metal effects here. I'm curious for techniques on how to accomplish some things, like:
- The back plate is copper, which the artist says is "oxidized". I expect oxidation to turn copper green, blue, or black, not this silver/grey color. Any ideas how this was done? Is it just that it's a light oxidation?
- I really like the metal texturing here. I've been able to replicate something similar on copper plate by hand-sanding in one direction with a fine-grained sandpaper. But notice the vertical texturing on the backplate - how would that have been done??
- I like the polished metal look of the minute hand contrasting with the reflective look of the hour hand. How would you do that - similar way as the backplate? Same with the gear?
- I've actually made what I think are much prettier nails by taking old (originally quite rusted) square iron nails, removing the rust and grinding the crap out of them with a bench grinder until I get a cool reflective finish. Doing the grinding in patches gives it almost a hammered metal look while keeping the reflectiveness. I think the effect is cool and really works with the "old-but-new" look of the square nails. I'll post before+after pictures if anyone's interested.